Not surprisingly, the film's plot exists almost exclusively to provide excuses for the numerous action sequences which constitute a large part of the movie's duration. Fortunately, these are consistently well performed, frequently funny, and always exciting. At various points in Project A, Part II, Chan takes on armies of gangsters, fights a band of pirates armed with hatchets while handcuffed to a fellow police officer, and engages in a wonderfully complicated struggle with the Ch'ing officials in which he leaps from one rooftop to another, gets caught up in various machines, and blinds his opponents with peppers. Project A, Part II's best sequence, however, is, perhaps, the comic scene in which virtually every character in the film arrives, at different times, at the house of one of the women, Yesan (Maggie Cheung), who is raising money for anti-Ch'ing revolutionaries, and each person, upon the arrival of the next, is forced to hide in an increasingly improbable location. The scene, while hardly innovative, is so skillfully done that it really is enjoyable.
I cannot claim that there is much in Project A, Part II, other than its action and comic sequences, for which it can be recommended. The narrative, for example, is often arbitrary, and the acting is occasionally abysmal. Nevertheless, the fight scenes and comedic skits included are all such fun that they are certain to keep the viewer engaged and amused.
Review by Keith Allen
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